Is This The Ideal Location To Slap? (Possible Technique Overhaul Time)

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by BassGod, Oct 28, 2005.

  1. BassGod


    Jan 21, 2004
    I've known how to slap for a long time, but after purchasing my new bass, I've realized that I may be slapping on the wrong area of the bass. I'm hoping this isn't the case, as I'd rather not do a whole technique overhaul, but here's a picture...


    It's probably hard to see, but my thumb hits the string at about the twenty-fourth fret (with the part of my thumb that doesn't strike the string not passing the twenty-second), and most of my hand stays in between the neck pickup and the beggining of the fretboard. Basically, I need to know if my thumb should actually strike the string closer to the bridge, maybe in-between the two pickups, or if the way I do it right now is fine. My main concern is that when/if I learn how to double-thump, the fact that my thumb is over the fretboard will impede my ability to do so.

    Where do you slap, and should I change where I do?

    Thanks a lot for any help you can give me.

    Graeme :bassist:
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    You've got it right. Thumb hits the FB, fingers pull between 1st pickup and neck.